Literature & Fiction: 5 New Must-Reads

#WeekendReads. From the mess, death and complexities of modern war to the horrors of the Holocaust and a family thrown into crisis over a charge of sexual assault, these literary reads take on big issues.

 

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INTO THE SUN (Anansi) by Deni Ellis Bechard

The latest book from Deni Ellis Béchard, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, gives a gritty account of expat life in Kabul ten years after 9-11. The story, which opens with a massive militant attack on a party of expats, delves into the tangled lives of journalists, mercenaries, activists and aid workers who flock to war zones to find purpose and adventure, and a chance to reinvent themselves.

 

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THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (Anansi) by Zoe Whittall

Recently long-listed for the Giller, The Best Kind of People is about an upper class, All-American family thrown into crisis after George Woodbury, husband, father and respected prep school teacher, is arrested for sexual misconduct and attempted rape.

 

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I’M STILL HERE – JE SUIS LA (Grand Central) by Clelie Avit and translated by Lucy Foster

It’s the most unlikely of love stories. Elsa, a woman who has been in a coma for five months, regains partial consciousness but no one realizes it. Even as her family faces the devastating decision of whether or not to take her off life support, a stranger – who happens to be visiting another patient at the hospital — accidentally wanders into Elsa’s room. He alone intuits that she can hear what he says, and thus begins their mysterious connection.

 

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MISCHLING (Random House) by Affinity Konar

Based on real-life Auschwitz survivors Eva and Miriam Mozes, Konar’s Mischling gives a chilling look inside the chamber of Holocaust horrors known as Mengele’s Zoo, where the infamous “Angel of Death” Dr. Josef Mengele conducted grotesque genetic experiments on Auschwitz’s population of twins.

 

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NEWS FROM THE RED DESERT by Kevin Patterson

Inspired by his three-month stint practicing frontline medicine in Kandahar in 2007, Patterson’s new novel tells the story of an American war correspondent, Deirdre O’Malley, who is embedded with a Canadian infantry unit in Afghanistan, and her former lover, an American general who oversees the torture and killing of civilians.